The Geneva Experiment

The Geneva Experiment

The Geneva Experiment

The Geneva Experiment

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In 1908, one of Great Britain's most original and farsighted publicists, in a book which immediately became a classic, declared:

No one now expects an immediate, or prophesies with certainty an ultimate, Federation of the Globe; but the consciousness of a common purpose in mankind, or even the acknowledgement that such a common purpose is possible, would alter the face of world-politics at once.

To-day, nearly a generation later, we have not yet, it is true, a federation of the globe. There is no doubt, however, that the consciousness of a common purpose has arisen in mankind, that the possibility of such a common purpose has been acknowledged, and that, as a result, the face of world politics has been altered. This change was immediately due to the World War, and it has been, if not brought about, at least demonstrated by the formation of the nations of the world into a league based on the assumption of a common purpose.

We intend, in these pages, to consider whether this change is real and not only apparent, deep and not only superficial, lasting and not only temporary. In other words, we intend to consider whether the alteration of 'the face of world-politics' implies an alteration of the whole body, of the mind, and of the soul of mankind. For our generation and for the coming generations, there is no greater or more vital question. If not only the face, but indeed the essence of world politics are not to undergo a profound change, the future of civilization is clearly menaced.

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